Dec 1, 2015

Giving back is the new black!

As we conclude our 12th year of improving the lives of horses and people, we are extremely proud to report to you that we now provide resources and best practices to over 900 horse rescues and equine therapy organizations across the country. We awarded over $250,000 in grants to equine charities that are operating at the highest standards for the care and use of horses.

However, our work is not done . . . 

  • There are an estimated 200,000 unwanted horses in the United States.
  • Rescue groups can only accommodate 20%.
  • Tragically, many are slaughtered. Instead, these horses can be rescued and rehabilitated. Many can be re-trained as therapy horses. 
  • 50 million people in the United States have disabilities. One in 88 children lives with autism. One in 4 veterans has PTSD.
  • Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) are recognized as an effective alternative or complement to traditional therapy
  • Less than 1/100% or about 54,000 people with special needs have access to EAAT.

.A horse with a home – and a purpose – is a horse with a smile!

From one horse lover to another, thank you for your support!

Sep 15, 2015

Animal Planet has given us an exciting challenge today thru Oct 12!

Let's start ROARing!
Let's start ROARing!

Animal Planet has given us an exciting challenge. They will match up to $100,000 in donations during the Animal Planet R.O.A.R. Matching Campaign hosted by GlobalGiving starting today through October 12, 2015.

There's a catch . . . 
Animal Planet is supporting six other charitable partners, but the EQUUS Foundation is the only one solely dedicated to helping horses. Donations will be matched while their funds last, but they won't last long! 

There are an estimated 200,000 unwanted horses in the US. Tragically, many are slaughtered. Of the 50 million people with disabilities, only 54,000 are able to benefit from equine assisted activities and therapies.

You can change this! Your donation may go twice as far if you give here today.

Can't donate right now . . . All it takes is a click to help!
Help us win the Most Traffic to Our Project Page $4,000 Bonus by just clicking here every day as many times as you can. 

Help us win the Fan Favorite $4,000 Bonus by voting here once a day through October 12.

You supported us in the past. Please support us again.

Helping the EQUUS Foundation in the Animal Planet ROAR Campaign will help horses everywhere!

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Jun 9, 2015

Meet Volunteer Katelyn - Turning a Passion into Purpose!

Katelyn with therapy horse Jewel
Katelyn with therapy horse Jewel

"Many young girls dream of owning a horse, and I was one of them. For many years, my love of horses extended only to Breyer models, Girl Scout horse badges, and riding lessons during school vacations. That all changed for me in freshman year of high school when I turned my passion into purpose."

Katelyn is one of eleven individuals who were awarded EQUUS Foundation Champion of Equine Service scholarships.

Dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal, the EQUUS Foundation provides financial support and services to over 900 equine charities across the United States.

The EQUUS Foundation Champions program recognizes and rewards individuals for their volunteer service in support of these charities.

Katelyn is a 16-year old high school junior and member of the Crossroads East Valley IEA high school team. Active in her school and community, she admits, "horses are my passion".

When she was a freshman, she responded to an ad on the "volunteers needed" bulletin board for Stable Influence Charity Programs.

Katelyn recalls, "I enjoyed working with kids through Girl Scouts and as a mentor at school, so blending that with horses was a great opportunity for me." She eagerly signed up and has been volunteering weekly ever since.

"I was impressed by how responsive the horses are to the riders, and have learned to trust their instincts as they often sense something going on with a rider before we even notice."

"Clients get so much joy from their relationships with the horses and show progress toward their goals with every session. I consider this opportunity a blessing, as I am now more aware of the needs of others, how to communicate effectively, and how to offer appropriate help."

"Competition has built my confidence and strengthened my work ethic, and now I have a lifelong sport. Horses have taught me to be a leader not a master. My volunteer experience has taught me to do the best with what I have."

Learn more about our volunteers at http://equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-229.html.

 
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